October 4, 2008
On September 9th I taught a Food Preservation Classe. In the class we discussed flat top stoves and how they are NOT meant for canning.
But I thought, I'd just boil the lids on it.....Well, a flat top stove CAN become a FORGE. We forged metal on top of it that day. My favorite, 2 quart sauce pan, the kind with the double thick bottom...split open and poured out it's melted contents.
I quickly used a metal spatula and tried to scoop it up into the trash. The remaining liquid metal cooled making crackling noises and mostly lifted up off the flat-top. It pitted the top, but thank goodness, it still works.
A very cool science experiment.
One that I wouldn't reccommend to others.
Be safe and sane, don't can on a flat-top stove.
PS - We once made a mini forge while camping. That was so cool and our oldest son hammered out a wonderful hook for lifting the lids off the dutch ovens.